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November 21, 2011 10:12 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 20, 2011

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November 21, 2011 10:02 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 20, 2011

Sunday's political talk shows focused almost exclusively on the efforts of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, with a number of the committee's members appearing on separate shows. Democratic committee member Sen. John Kerry (MA) pointed out on Meet the Press that "we are not a tax-cutting committee. We're a deficit-reduction committee." However, that point doesn't seem to have gotten through to Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Sens. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), all of whom complained that the only thing stopping a deal was a refusal by Democrats to extend the costly and regressive Bush tax cuts. For the second time in as many weeks, Hensarling argued that the Bush tax cuts were not one of the largest drivers of the debt, while Kyl claimed that not extending them would wreck the economy. Toomey went so far as to say that that the federal government does not have a revenue problem but only a spending problem.

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November 14, 2011 10:37 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 13, 2011

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November 14, 2011 10:29 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 13, 2011

The Penn State sexual abuse scandal headlined the political talk shows on Sunday, but Republican leaders still found plenty of time to air dishonest talking points about conservative policies. GOP super committee members Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) misled viewers about the root of the debt problem the committee is trying to solve and what Republicans have proposed to address it. In particular, both lawmakers severely distorted the impact of the failed Bush tax cuts. Elsewhere, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus declared that Republicans want to "reduce taxes on every single American," ignoring the party leaders demanding that the poor pay higher taxes, and struggling presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) claimed that "what we need to win this war on terror" is the reinstatement of Bush-approved torture techniques.

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October 06, 2011 2:01 pm ET filed under Fact Check

The House GOP's Crusade Against Reproductive Rights

In September, Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, initiated an investigation of Planned Parenthood's financial records looking for misappropriated federal funds and requesting paperwork going back over 13 years. This Republican vendetta against Planned Parenthood is part of a larger fight in which Republicans are trying to prevent women from being in control of their reproductive health. To that end, House Republicans introduced a multitude of bills and amendments since January that would chip away at women's reproductive rights by eliminating Title X funding, defunding Planned Parenthood, imposing harsh restrictions on funding for abortions, replacing sexual education programs with abstinence-only programs, redefining rape to limit abortion exceptions, reinstating the global gag rule, supporting crisis pregnancy centers and imposing harsher parental notification laws.

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September 12, 2011 9:57 pm ET filed under Video

Santorum On GOP Outreach To Latino Voters: Make English The Official Language

From the September 12, 2011, CNN/Tea Party Republican primary debate:

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August 23, 2011 11:36 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Barletta Abandons "Obligation To Face Our Constituents"

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August 10, 2011 3:03 pm ET filed under Blog

GOP Super Committee Appointees Don't Understand What Caused The Debt

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August 02, 2011 10:30 am ET filed under Fact Check

Op-Eds From Reps. Ryan And Pitts Filled With Health Care Lies

As a deal on the debt crisis was being reached, Reps. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Joe Pitts (R-PA) refocused their energy on lying about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and distorting its impact on job creators, seniors and economy. In Politico op-eds, the congressmen attacked the health care waivers granted, cited the debunked McKinsey study as proof of the ACA's supposed negative impact on hiring, and condemned the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) for harming seniors by denying care. Rep. Ryan also rehashed the tired claim that the ACA cut $500 billion from Medicare and falsely asserted the ACA has "weakened our economy and accelerated out-of-control government spending" while touting his "Path to Prosperity" budget plan that would end Medicare as we know it.

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July 29, 2011 10:39 am ET filed under Blog

GOP Only Wants To Fund Graduate Medical Education If It's Not In The Health Care Law

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June 06, 2011 4:13 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Barletta Wants Local Rights For His Town But Fights Against Them Elsewhere

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May 26, 2011 9:37 am ET filed under Fact Check

Slew Of House Republicans Falsely Claim President Obama Called For Israel To Return To "1967 Borders"

Since his speech on the Middle East last Thursday, President Obama's opponents have falsely attacked him for calling on Israel to return to its "1967 borders." In reality, Obama repeated the ordinary belief that an eventual Israeli-Palestinian peace deal should result in two states with secure borders "based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps," which will allow Israel to retain large settlements in the West Bank. Addressing the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the president explained very clearly that his original statement meant that the final border negotiated between the parties "will be different than the one that existed on June 4, 1967." However, that hasn't stopped many House Republicans from perpetuating a smear against Obama for something he never actually said.

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May 19, 2011 2:11 pm ET filed under Blog

Credit Raters Warn GOPers In Denial About Debt Ceiling

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May 05, 2011 10:33 pm ET filed under Video

Santorum: Founders Believed In The "Dignity Of Every Person"

From a May 5, 2011, South Carolina GOP presidential debate on Fox News:

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April 29, 2011 5:47 pm ET filed under Blog

PA Gov. Suggests Drilling On Campuses To Make Up For Education Cuts In His Budget

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April 14, 2011 8:50 am ET filed under Blog

House GOP Votes To Repeal Preventive Health Care Fund

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February 07, 2011 4:21 pm ET filed under Blog

Another GOP Anti-Abortion Bill Tampers With Women's Access To Emergency Care

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January 07, 2011 3:03 pm ET filed under Blog

GOP Swearing-In Absentees May Have Violated House Ethics Rules With Fundraiser

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January 05, 2011 6:12 pm ET filed under Video

Rep.-Elect Meehan Gets On Board With Rep. Peter King's Muslim Investigations

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January 05, 2011 6:02 pm ET filed under Video

Rep-Elect Kelly Has No Idea What Spending Cuts He Wants

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January 04, 2011 12:45 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep.-Elect Meehan Gets On Board With Rep. Peter King's Muslim Investigations

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January 03, 2011 2:12 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep-Elect Kelly Has No Idea What Spending Cuts He Wants

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November 04, 2010 6:18 pm ET filed under Video

Congressman-Elect Lou Barletta: Sen. Reid Bought Latino Votes With DREAM Act Proposals

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November 01, 2010 4:43 pm ET filed under Blog

Retired Major General Blasts Angle, Buck, Toomey

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October 29, 2010 5:06 pm ET filed under Ad Check

No "Relief" From Falsehoods In AAN's New Ad

A new American Action Network ad suggests that Rep. Mark Critz (D-PA), as the late Rep. Murtha's economic development director, is responsible for Pennsylvania's unemployment rate. Yet this is tantamount to blaming one state official for the effects of a global recession; the ups and downs of Pennsylvania's unemployment rate closely mirror those of the national unemployment rate. The ad also accuses Rep. Critz of voting "to quit working and leave town" instead of extending tax cuts. In reality, Democrats are committed to addressing the expiring tax cuts when Congress resumes after the election, and they support extending the tax cuts for 97 percent of Americans. 

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October 28, 2010 3:14 pm ET filed under Blog

FLASHBACK: Toomey Backed Mandatory Privatization, Suggested Social Security Recipients Lack "Dignity"

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October 28, 2010 2:51 pm ET filed under Ad Check

The "Status Quo" For The NRSC Is Deceiving Voters

The NRSC piles as many falsehoods as it can into its latest 30-second ad attacking Pennsylvania Senate candidate Joe Sestak. The NRSC attempts to label Sestak "Status Quo Joe," claiming his votes for "big Wall Street bailouts" and the "failed stimulus" are evidence that Washington hurts the economy. However, both TARP and the Recovery Act were instrumental in stabilizing the economy — in fact, TARP could actually earn taxpayers a profit, while the Recovery Act created millions of jobs. The NRSC's claims about Medicare are just as misleading — the Affordable Care Act doesn't cut the program, but strengthens it by adding benefits and eliminating wasteful spending. In addition, the Affordable Care Act reduces the deficit — a clear departure from the "status quo" of Bush-era policies that skyrocketed the debt and deficit.

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October 28, 2010 1:44 pm ET filed under Ad Check

NRCC's New Ad Is "Reckless" With Its Falsehoods

In an ad attacking conservative Democrat Rep. Chris Carney (PA), the National Republican Congressional Committee bashes Carney for voting with Speaker Pelosi "over 90 percent of the time" but never mentions that Carney actually broke with Democrats on major legislation like cap-and-trade. The NRCC is also misguided in criticizing Carney for his vote in favor of the Recovery Act, which boosted the economy and created millions of jobs in America — not in China, as the ad asserts.

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October 28, 2010 11:08 am ET filed under Ad Check

The NRCC Quits On The Truth

The NRCC has frequently placed undue blame on a variety of Democratic candidates for their support of a number of policies that affect the economy. However, in their latest attack on Rep. Mark Critz (D-PA), the NRCC ludicrously attempts to equate Critz's vote to adjourn the House in September to job losses in Pennsylvania on the very same day. The NRCC does so by characterizing Critz's vote to adjourn as his refusal to "help small businesses and families" by failing to extend Bush-era tax cuts — when in reality, congressional Democrats have vowed to act on extending the tax cuts to 97% of Americans after the midterm election.

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October 26, 2010 1:34 pm ET filed under Ad Check

Americans For Tax Reform Clouds The Truth About Rep. Joe Sestak

In its latest attack, Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform accuses Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) of "reckless" spending in an ad depicting money notes strewn through thick fog. The Recovery Act has actually saved and created millions of jobs, and the tax reform advocates at ATR should know that the stimulus included $288 billion in tax relief. Furthermore, the bailouts may be unpopular but they helped prevent another Great Depression.

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